5 Basic Security Procedures Every Business Should Follow

16 February 2014

1. Do not open links in emails, even if you are expecting an email from a supplier/customer. It is much safer to navigate to the website itself (using the www. address) than clicking a link in an email. Links in emails are becoming a very popular attack point.

2. Make sure software is kept up-to-date. If you are an IT Support customer of ours then you don't need to worry about this (we do this all for you). But keeping your Operating System, Browsers and Key Software programs up to date makes it harder for attackers to access.

3. Use passwords which are moderately complex. It doesn’t have to be impossible to remember, but they should include at least 8 letters, a number and a character (e.g. + or !).

4. Have a backup plan. Make sure you have a contingency plan for when different types of disasters strike. Services like a 'backup-server' can allow you to recover your systems to a point in time before the attack occurred. Defined procedures after an attack can help you get back on your feet quickly and only cost a small amount per month.

5. Educate your staff. Let them know - how to recognise scams and ways to avoid attacks. We provide an education service as part of IT Support , where we send out example scams (we have come across) to our customers so they can learn to identify scams before they click on them. For example Email Scams and Viruses (August 2014)

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